Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Conference Hijinks...

You never know what's gonna happen when you get 90 missionaries all together in one place. :0) We're having a great week for sure, both in the meetings and afterwards.

A little target practice with the boys.

Eric at the controls.

The East is certainly impacting our new field director.

A bit of ... um ... fatigue.

Some of the MK's and students ... and Kev.

Andrew Siebert ... far more energetic than I.

A Mic for Mike.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chronological Bible Teaching Method


We've been enjoying seminars this week by Mike Matthews and Mark Zook. Some of you may recognize Mark Zook from the Ee-Taow movie, produced by New Tribes Mission. He worked for years with New Tribes Mission among a tribal group in Papau New Guinea. Using the Chronological Bible Teaching Method he brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people and planted sustained indigenous churches.

Under the teaching of these two men, we are learning about the Chronological Bible Teaching method and been enjoying some very interesting small group discussion. I am very grateful to be able to be here to be a part of this training and have been very much enjoying the fellowship and learning.


Chronological Bible Teaching Seminars with Mark Zook.


Some of our Tribal Trails crew is here recording footage of the seminars.

Monday, September 28, 2009

On The Road Again...

Saturday Morning Departure:

According to the 4 inch screen in front of me, I am currently cruising at 40,642 ft at a speed of 461mph. Kevin and I departed for Lac La Biche this morning at about 7:45 am from Cumberland Bay, NB. We boarded a WestJet flight in Halifax at 12:35. At 3:00pm (ATL) we landed in Toronto and met up with Len and Lorrayne Breen, our Eastern Field Directors. We are now jetting over Manitoba on our way to Edmonton. We will be met there by, Lydia Goede, a friend from headquarters in Prince Albert. We will then travel with her from there to Lac La Biche.

Back Seat...

While Kevin and I are at meetings in Alberta, Liz, Marcia and the kids will be taking the opportunity to do some visiting with family and supporters in Nova Scotia.

I am really looking forward to the meetings, there are 80 missionaries expected to be attending these sessions at KBI. It will also give Kevin and I the opportunity to meet some more of the NCEM family and see the Bible School facilities.

I'll do my best to keep you posted throughout the week!

Saturday Evening Arrival:

After a hearty burger and poutine at the Iron Horse Cafe in Waskaknau we arrived at KBI in Lac La Biche at about 12:30am (ATL). The wind is quite strong tonight and it is raining a bit. Bobby Moberly showed us all to our respective quarters. Kevin and I are in a cabin with all of the other 'single' guys, there are bunks for 13, and they are expected to be nearly full. We expect that the rest of them will be arriving tomorrow. The washrooms are just up the hill and the main lodge is beyond there. We will be having breakfast with the Seiberts tomorrow.


Sunday Morning:

We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with the Siebert family and headed out to Kikino to fellowship Sunday morning with a native church.

Lydia Goede chaufered Kevin and I and the Breens to the Kikino community for Church.

Kikino Fellowship Church, Kikino, Alberta.

Monday Morning:

This morning, we are beginning our first seminar on Chronological Bible Teaching with Mark Zook. Looking very much forward to hearing from him.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Big Move.

Well, it's done.

All of our possessions are now resting safely at our new residence in Cumberland Bay, New Brunswick. Kevin arrived on Thursday afternoon and the two of us went to Dartmouth to retrieve the moving trailer that I had rented. We brought it back to the house and packed it full. After we'd fully loaded the trailer we noticed that it seemed to be riding very low at the hitch. We had used the incorrect type of receiver for the trailer. Fortunately, Lizs' brothers are very resourceful and brought along the tools and a correct hitch to get us mobile without unloading the trailer.

Kevin drove, pulling the U-Haul behind one truck.

Pete pulled the larger trailer behind his truck.

Before Kevin arrived I loaded up our car with a lot of glass and breakables.
So on Friday morning when Peter arrived with another pick-up and trailer we had already packed a great deal of things. We packed everything else (most everything at least) into Peter's trailer and put our 'shed items' (lawn mower, wheelbarrow etc) in the back of Pete's pick-up.
Jonathan and Dianne arrived just as we were finishing up and we loaded the plants, television and some new laminate flooring for our living room in their van.

The little car that could.

forgot to snag a picture of Jon & Dianne with their load... so this is a shot of them following the convoy to Cumberland Bay.

We hit the road at about 11am Friday morning, Peter led the convoy, Kevin following Pete and I was behind Kev, Jonathan and Dianne closed out the group. We each had radios (my call sign was Rubber Duck) and were able to keep in contact through the traffic. We did find that we used the same channel as some flagmen at a construction site which was kinda fun...

The parking lot that was once our front yard.

Convoy! (That's Pete in the front and Kev just ahead of me.)

I had a bit of a transmission leak up around Wentworth, but nothing too serious, it prompted my engine light to come on, but it's nothing I wasn't already aware of. We took a short break and headed back out. The journey was fairly smooth and there were no real problems... until Salisbury that is. Just as we pulled into the Silver Fox rest area I found that my brakes were not working adequately. After pulling around to a parking spot, my break light came on and I lost the vast majority of my stoppage. Jonathan had a look and it turned out that I had a hole in my brake line. So we topped it up and headed back out on the road. I lost breaks again fifteen minutes later, but was able to make passable use of my emergency fo the remainder of the journey. Saturday morning after we had unloaded, Jonathan repaired my brakes! Thanks big fella!

This seems to be a common position for our car.

Pretty lights.

We arrived at 619 Cox Point Road at about 5:30pm and got to unloading. We took some remaining furniture that had been in the trailer over to the camp before we unloaded everything. We stopped unloading before we were finished because we anted to lay the new laminate floor in the livingroom before we brought in the livingroom furniture. Kevin and Marcia very kindly fed us all at their house and then we returned to the trailer to start in on the floor. We worked on it until 2:00am and called it a night. Pete and I would up talking for 2 more hours about the condition of the Christian Church, and finally closed our eyes for a couple of hours.

I don't know what we'd do without Kevin!!

The new floor looks awesome.

On Saturday morning Peter and I finished up the flooring while Dianne and Jonathan went to Chipman to get the brakeline that I needed for the car. He had it one in just a few minutes, and we were back on the road to Nova Scotia by noon. There was a bit of confusion as to where I should deliver the U-Haul, but I ended up leaving it on Mapleton Road in Moncton.

I was back in Windsor in time to have a short nap and go to a going away party at Tracy and Adams place. It's certainly been a busy few days, but it promises to contine for quite some time.

This morning, our church friends said a lovely good-bye to us, and we enjoyed a meal out with friends. Tonight Liz and I are speaking at Sheffield Baptist Church in Halifax. Tomorrow we head to the valley to visit our lawyer regarding the sale of our home and we then return to finish cleaning up for the closing day. Wednesday we'll likely be on the road by noon-ish or early afternoon - whenever everything is finalized.

This Saturday Kevin and I fly out to Edmonton to travel to Lac La Biche for a week of meetings about Chronological Bible Teaching. We are looking forward to the meetings and the oppotunity to spend some time with sme of our colleagues. Liz will be going home to visit her parents whil I'm away, and when we return we'll have the overwhelming task of unpacking and settling in to the mobile home in Cumberland Bay.

I'll do my best to keep you posted about our progress with the transition and all of the goings on!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reflections of a Lovely Lady

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30

The Ladies Retreat is right around the corner. You are invited to come and share with us at Arrowhead Native Bible Center for a weekend of fellowship, testimony, music, games, food, friends, some pampering and maybe a few surprises. We will be having a Mary Kay consultant come and pamper us with Satin Hands, Satin Lips, and a Facial.

All ladies ages 15 and up are welcome to attend. registration will be on Friday, October 16th at 6:00pm. As space is limited, pre-registration is requested (see link to brochure for registration form or contact Marcia Strout at 506-339-9005). The retreat will close with the noon meal on Sunday. Bring along your Bible, a notebook and pen, bedding, toiletries and warm clothing. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend and we’d love to have you come and share with us.

Ladies will be hearing from guest Speaker Beth McMahon, currently working in ministry as Dean of Women at New Brunswick Bible Institute and on faculty teaching the Junior ladies the Principles of the Godly Woman. As well, the ladies will enjoy special ministry in music from Myrna Smith. She grew up listening to Southern Gospel music and learning music is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord. In 2005 Myrna recorded a CD title; In Time, On Time, Every Time, For Me.

You can download the complete brochure for the retreat by following the link to the right at the top of the page. You will be redirected to another page and will need simply to scroll to the bottom of the page and click download now. Just follow the instructions.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Quiver

The premiere issue of Arrowhead's Newsletter is ready to go. I've sent the files to headquarters and Dennis Siemens at the NCEM print shop will be taking care of the printing side of things. We will hopefully be doing our first mailing early in October.

It seemed only too suitable for Arrowhead Native Bible Center, that we call our newsletter The Quiver. A quiver is a case for carrying arrows, the concept is certainly Biblical, especially as it pertains to our summer camp ministries with First Nations children.

" ...children are an heritage of the LORD ... As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them... " Psalm 127

This newsletter is our opportunity to share with you pictures, stories, needs and praises. We love these kids and want to share that with you.

This first issue of The Quiver contains many beautiful pictures from this past summer camps. Many of our staff were busy snapping photos, and eagerly shared with us their pictures. Several of the staff have contributed to the newsletter with stories and notes on some wonderful things that they saw the Lord do this summer, both in their lives and in the lives of the children!

We will be producing a newsletter for Arrowhead four times a year. Not each copy will be as big and colourful as this first issue, but we will certainly be sharing the ministry of the Center on a regular basis with those of you who are interested in being involved with what is happening.

If you would like to receive this newsletter in the mail, we'd be happy to add you to the mailing list. Just drop me a line with your mailing address and I'll see that you receive a copy.

Coming soon to a mailbox near you.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Contact!

Well it was quite a day. I had my appointment with Dr. Charlie Brown today, the allergy specialist [who just happens to also be a pediatrician]. He was quite a nice fellow and very kindly helped me to discover just what it is I'm allergic to. As it turns out, it is not an allergic reaction that I am suffering with. What I have been suffering with is a condition that causes me to react to pressure on my skin. Apparently this is the cause of my hives, it's a condition known as Delayed Pressure Urticaria, which I guess is just a fancy way of saying hives caused by physical contact, or pressure to the skin (bed sheets, socks, palms of hands from manual labour etc.) In my case it seems to be aggravated by heat, is accompanied by headaches and also spasms in the esophagus. It is not a serious condition and will eventually clear up, which I am thankful for and look forward to :0)

I spent several hours on the phone yesterday and (among other things) wrangled up two U-Haul trailers that Kevin and I will retrieve from Dartmouth next Thursday. Lizs' brothers Jonathan and Peter are each bringing a vehicle (Peter a pick-up and Jonathan a van). I will be taking the car full and Kevin will have the truck. We will load the vehicles with stuff and the four of us will convoy up to the mobile home at Arrowhead on Friday, with Kevin and Peter pulling the trailers. We are hopeful to be able to move almost everything that day. If you have a van or truck or station wagon and would like to join the wagon train we'd love the help!

While I spent the day on the phone yesterday, I made arrangements for our new address, phone number, internet, power etc. So, after September 23rd, you will have to contact us at the following:

Grant & Liz Fawcett
619 Cox Point Road
Cumberland Bay, New Brunswick
E4A 3N9

Tel: 506-339-6603

eMail: fawcetts@maritimers.ca

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Arrowhead's Official 2010 Calendar

We had some wonderful photographers at camp this summer, and they have graciously shared with us some of their pictures for both our official 2010 wall calendar and the Arrowhead newsletter which will be going out at the end of the month.

We decided to put together a wall calendar this year after camp. It will serve not only as a reminder, to those who have it, of Arrowhead and the year round importance of the ministry, but gives you an opportunity to see some of the people who are working with us and some of the children who come to camp. As well as giving an opportunity to contribute to the ministry at Arrowhead.

We are having the calendars printed and assembled at the NCEM headquarters print shop. They are coil bound and measure 5.5" x 11", and will be available early in October. If you would like to make a small donation toward the ministry at Arrowhead, we'd be happy to see that you receive one. Just drop me a line.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Important Prayer Request!

We just heard news that our friend and colleague, Phil Welch will be undergoing heart surgery this coming Wednesday. Please keep him in your prayers, that the Lord would uphold him during the surgery, that he would guide the hands of the surgeons, and allow for a speedy recovery!

Our prayers are with you Phil & Gracie!

Official 2009 Arrowhead Promo

I've completed the 2009 promo video for Arrowhead's summer camps. This video we, and the other area missionaries, will present at churches as a way to share some of the camp life with them. It was an interesting experience preparing the video this time. I selected two pieces of music that I wanted to use as accompaniment tracks for the video. The first is You Alone from the album Because of Me written and performed by Richard Paul. Richard is a Christan Gospel musician from St. Mary's, and he graciously gave us permission to use his music. The second track that I selected is I Want to Praise You performed by SonicFlood. Getting permission to use this music was a bit more tricky, but only took a couple of days. I had to get a master license from the band and a synchronizing license from the writer of the song. Both organizations were very gracious and helpful and for a nominal processing fee I acquired permission for the tracks. The process of seeking permission was a good experience and will hopefully make it simpler in future.

You can watch the finished video below.

Our next video project will hopefully be a short documentary about the origins and history of Arrowhead. It's a bit ambitious, but I'm looking forward to working on it with Kevin. But, if you've had a role in Arrowhead at some point in the past, don't be surprised if we approach you with a video camera!


video

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

House: SOLD!

Well it's official, the house is sold. The inspection went well last night, the buyers are happy and on September 23rd, the deal closes! Next stop, Cumberland Bay, NB!

We will certainly miss our Windsor friends though. We've really come to love Windsor and have felt very much settled and at home here. But the Lord has other plans for us and we are excited to see what is in store.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Offer... accepted.

Well, we've received an offer on our little house here in Windsor. There are only two conditions of sale, one of which has already been met (financing). The only thing standing between us and moving to Cumberland Bay, is a home inspection.

Tonight, at 7:00 pm, the buyers will come with their home inspector and make their final inspection and decision. If all is to their satisfaction, before Friday we will have a SOLD sign on the lawn.

I am trying not to get my hopes up, just in the event that they decide to opt out of the purchase. However, there is no reason (that I can think of) that they shouldn't be satisfied with our little house.

If this purchase and sale agreement goes through then we will have a closing date of September 23rd and will be spending the next three weeks moving to the mini-home on Arrowhead Property. NCEM and Arrowhead have made it available to us to rent for the time being.

It's all very exciting... keep us in your prayers tonight please.